Worshippers in Sri Lanka. Photo credit: Facebook, National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka
South Asia

Sri Lankan Christians targeted throughout January

Sri Lankan Christians were the targets of multiple instances of persecution in January 2018. Church buildings and services, including a funeral, were attacked or disrupted and authorities colluded with local Buddhists and in some cases Hindus to halt Christian meetings. The catalogue of persecution compiled by the National Christian Evangelical Alliance […]

{akistani Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Photo credit: wiki
South Asia

Pakistan unveils historic fatwa against ‘blasphemy’ vigilantes

The Pakistan government this month unveiled an historic fatwa (religious ruling) condemning Islamic extremism and vigilante “blasphemy” attacks, in a potentially positive development for the country’s minority Christian community. By issuing the fatwa with the support of 1,829 religious leaders – who are signatories to the document officially released on 16 […]

Pakistan on US watchlist for ‘severe violations of religious freedom’
South Asia

Pakistan on US watchlist for ‘severe violations of religious freedom’

Pakistan has been added to a US State Department watchlist of countries responsible for “severe violations of religious freedom.” Although the announcement has been criticised as political, coming the same day President Trump announced the suspension of security assistance aid to Pakistan, the independent United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has […]

Students at St Ephrem's Theological College celebrate Christmas in 2015. Photo: St Ephrem's
South Asia

Carol singers arrested in Madhya Pradesh

Christmas carol singers were arrested and detained by police on 14 December over complaints by a Hindu nationalist group – Bajrang Dal – alleging that they were involved in forced religious conversions. The 24-strong group from St Ephrem’s Theological College in Satna, Madhya Pradesh, were taking part in a carol singing […]